PM hands over 40 land titles to Clarendon residents

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller

PRIME Minister Portia Simpson Miller on Tuesday handed over 40 land titles to residents from several communities in Clarendon at a ceremony held at the Havannah Heights Community Centre in May Pen. The prime minister said that land/home ownership is generally accepted to be one of the most effectiv ... Read More

Former prime minister PJ Patterson at the launch of the Donald
Buchanan Sports Tourism Centre on Sunday.
(PHOTOS: GREGORY BENNETT) 'I am well aware of the IMF constraints'
SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — He insists that he is not discounting the necessity of passing perf ... Read More

Regional technical director at the Southern Regional Health Authority Dr
Michael Coombs CHIKV spike in St Elizabeth
The health ministry is confirming that the south central parish of St Elizabeth is among those now e ... Read More

Local Government Minister Noel Arscott (left) and Mayor of Black River Everton Fisher at the
ribbon-cutting ceremony to launch the transport centre in Santa Cruz, recently Lights coming for Santa Cruz Transport Centre
Five years after it was built, the Santa Cruz Transport Centre for west-bound taxis and buses has be ... Read More

Manchester tops JPSCo awards for Region Central

By Alicia Sutherland Observer staff reporter | Monday, December 15, 2014    

Senior Vice-President of Energy Delivery at JPSCo Gary Barrow (right) presenting the award for the most outstanding
parish in Region Central to Customer Service Manager in Manchester Andrewnette Henzil. Others from left are Regional
Director for Region Central Keith Garvey; Acting Parish Manager in Manchester Donovan Cunningham; and Operations
Manager Shelton Thomas.

Mandeville, Manchester — With seven awards overall and four first places in eight categories, Manchester was on Thursday recognised as the most outstanding parish in the electricity provider Jamaica Public Service Company's (JPSCo) Region Central. The region, which consists of Manchester, Clarendon, St Ann and St Catherine, is one of three divisions of the utility provider, since it was "decentralised" under president and CEO Kelly Tomblin. At the inaugural awards luncheon for Region Cen ... Read More

Pure torture!

SW St Elizabeth MP lobbies for repair of crucial road | Monday, December 15, 2014    

The road through Lacovia, Burnt
Savannah, Mountainside,
Watchwell, which links Santa
Cruz to Treasure Beach, is
among the more important
thoroughfares in St Elizabeth.
However, the badly potholed,
scoured surface has made it a
minefield for motorists.

All agree that the main roadway linking the buzzing commercial town of Santa Cruz to the thriving south coast tourist haven Treasure Beach, almost 20 miles away, is of absolute importance. But rain-scoured surfaces, potholes at every turn and broken drains have rendered driving on the stretch through Lacovia, Burnt Savannah, Mountainside and Watchwell, a torturous experience. Member of Parliament for South West St Elizabeth Hugh Buchanan, who bears most political responsibility, needs no remin ... Read More

Eat to live: Raw food business takes off in Mandeville

By Alicia Sutherland Observer staff reporter | Monday, December 15, 2014    

Customers awaiting their
orders in the health-staurant.

Mandeville, Manchester — Any entrepreneur would be pleased. Just nine months in, Yahya El, proprietior of Mandeville-based raw or 'live' food business Fancy Fruits, says there is a growing customer base. However, encouraging though that is, he says the focus of his venture, which came about because of his own "spiritual awakening" is more than to swiftly make a profit. El, who was named Marcus St John Reece at birth, told the Observer Central that he has been a vegetarian for over 14 ye ... Read More

Nikita! Mr Dependable

Monday, December 15, 2014    

Miller celebrates a wicket
against the Windward Islands
at Sabina Park last month

Santa Cruz, St Elizabeth — For 10 years, Nikita Miller has been a cornerstone of Jamaica 's success on the cricket field. He has excelled not only with his left-arm finger spin, but as a composed and extremely dependable batsman in the lower order. This season has been no different. After four matches in the inaugural WICB Professional Cricket League, the 32-year-old Miller is in first place in the Jamaica batting averages with an aggregate 178 runs for an average of 44.50. As always he ... Read More

Double century for Manchester

Monday, December 15, 2014    

Saturday (December13) marked the 200th anniversary of Manchester as a parish. Its status was formalised by an Act passed in the Assembly of Colonial Jamaica on December 13, 1814. The parish was named in honour of the Duke of Manchester, who was Governor of Jamaica at the time. Organisers say bicentennial celebrations which peak this month will continue through 2015. Double century for Manchester --> Read More

CTC's black and white affair

Monday, December 15, 2014    

Some of CTC’s beauties graced
the runway with a pop of colour
at the black-and-white cocktail

The Church Teachers' College (CTC) is marking its 50th year of existence. As part of the celebrations, which will continue into mid-2015, members of the alumni association recently held a black-and-white cocktail at the institution's poolside, aiming to raise funds for their alma mater. "It is one of the ways in which the alumni association is (directly) doing its part for the fiftieth anniversary," said head of the planning committee for the event and lecturer at CTC, Tracey Ann Anderson. Sh ... Read More

Christmas promotion brings joy

Monday, December 15, 2014    

Alex Evans of St Elizabeth gets a big hug from fellow winner Raxon Reid of Manchester at the Digicel regional
headquarters recently where they collected their prizes in the company's Your Christmas, Our Mission promotion.
Evans and Reid won brand new DL800 phones plus a one-month data plan and free bills for a year, respectively

Currently without a job, Raxon Reid breathed a sigh of relief when she learnt that Digicel Jamaica would pay her bills for a year, according to a news release from the telecoms provider. "I'm not working right now, so to know that my bills have been taken care of for an entire year is the best gift that Digicel could have given me," said Reid, who is from Coleyville in northern Manchester. She was the third winner of Free Bills for a Year in the Digicel Christmas Mission promotion, the news re ... Read More

Don Daly Medical Mission making a difference

Monday, December 15, 2014    

One of the medical
missions which
work for free to
assist those in need.

Hundreds of people in St Elizabeth and Westmoreland are receiving free health care through the latest Don Daly Medical Mission, according to news release from the Sandals Foundation. The programme started on December 11 and will continue until December 17. Coordinated by the Sandals Foundation, US-based volunteer doctors, predominantly from the Nova Southeastern University (NSU) are offering free medical checks, optometry services and pharmaceuticals at locations throughout the two parishes. ... Read More

For Your Diary

Monday, December 15, 2014    

Science, Technology, Energy and Mining Minister, Phillip Paulwell

Monday, December 15 (9:00am- 4:00pm) Sandals Foundation and Partners Medical Mission in St Elizabeth  Springfield Moravian Church Pisgah Catholic Church Breadnut Walk in Pisgah Monday, December 15 (5:30pm) North West Manchester Member of Parliament Turning on of Electricity Brooklyn - Evergreen Ceremony Hyde Park United, Evergreen Guest: Phillip Paulwell, Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining Tuesday, December 16 (9:00am-4:00pm) Sandals Foundation and Partners Medi ... Read More

Azan hands over music equipment to North West Clarendon schools

Sunday, December 14, 2014    

Member of Parliament for Clarendon North West, Richard Azan last Thursday handed over music equipment to two schools in his constituency. The Kilsyth Primary and Infant School, as well as the Cumberland All Age School were the beneficiaries. Scores of students and officials of both schools, as well as other individuals close to both schools, witnessed the presentations. The administration of both schools welcomed the new items, stating that they would go a far way in improving the music progr ... Read More



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